Employees make career-related resolutions much more often than bosses. However, the top resolution that workers make each year is to find a new job.
Dr. David Miles, Managing Partner with OIPartners-The Miles LeHane Companies, a global coaching and leadership development and consulting firm.
Retaining talented employees has become a higher priority in an improving job market. 78% of employers are worried about losing key employees, according to a survey by OI Partners.
"With respect to employees, many make some type of career-related resolutions without paying much attention to the qualities employers are looking for and ways they can differentiate themselves from job-seekers and co-workers. Career-related resolutions tend to focus on what employees and job-seekers want, rather than the skills that employers are demanding today. People will be more successful in their jobs and job searches by validating that they are the best fit," added Miles.
6. Recognize and reward contributions. Managers should be certain they recognize employee contributions, both big and small. A compliment from the boss can be as effective as a monetary reward. Many employees feel that their managers do not spend enough time thanking them for a job well done, but are too quick to criticize them for making mistakes.
7. Build teamwork and provide developmental coaching to workers. Look for ways to partner employees on projects and concentrate on assembling compatible teams. Include ground rules on how they should work together, check in with them periodically throughout the assignment and facilitate a discussion on what's working and what's not. Coordinate a debriefing at the end of the project for overall feedback and lessons learned. Developmental coaching sharpens employees' leadership skills and helps retain the most talented workers.